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Teens Charged in Fatal Beating of Chicago Man Posted Video on Facebook (AP)
Three Chicago teenagers accused of fatally beating a disabled man and posting video of the attack on Facebook were playing a game that involved finding an innocent victim and trying to knock him out with a punch, investigators alleged in court documents released Monday. Delfino Mora, a 62-year-old father of 12, was attacked in an alley last week while searching for cans that he collected to make extra money for his family. Chicago Tribune Mora was found unconscious in the 6300 block of North Artesian Avenue in just before 8 a.m. Tuesday. An autopsy found that he died of blunt head trauma in an assault. CNN Malik Jones, 16, allegedly was playing a game called “pick ‘em out and knock ‘em out” when he punched Mora in his jaw, sending Mora to the ground, where the back of his head was cracked by concrete, a Cook County, Ill., prosecutor told a judge during a hearing Monday. Nicholas Ayala, 17, and Anthony Malcolm, 18, used Jones’ cell phone camera to record the attack, picking up the “loud crack of his head hitting the cement,” prosecutor’s spokeswoman Tandra Simonton said. NBCChicago.com Jones was charged as an adult and is scheduled to appear for a preliminary hearing Monday. Ayala and Malcolm are expected to appear Monday in bond court. The attack marks the third time in the past year a Chicago attack has been filmed and the video has led to an arrest. VentureBeat Posting the video to Facebook seems to demonstrate both an outrageous lack of moral sense that is equally matched by almost unfathomable naiveté, as the teens either felt that they were not doing anything wrong, or that authorities would not notice, or both. In a statement given to the Chicago Tribune, the victim’s youngest child said, “They think posting a violent video makes them tough. It’s like they want to get famous.
Silicon Valley Tweets About Marissa Mayer’s New Job at Yahoo (VentureBeat)
What’s a big executive hire like Yahoo tapping Google’s Marissa Mayer without a look at what Silicon Valley has to say on Twitter? Mayer, who was Google’s 20th employee, started us off with her own 140-character announcement: “I’m incredibly excited to start my new role at Yahoo! tomorrow,” she tweeted with a link to the official Yahoo press release. Her Twitter bio officially reads, “@ Yahoo.“ CNET As Yahoo’s fifth CEO in five years, Mayer will be tasked with trying to re-invigorate a Web pioneer that has struggled to compete for ad dollars with Google and Facebook. The New York Times As she hashes out Yahoo’s strategy, Mayer said she wanted to focus on the Internet company’s strong franchises, including email, finance and sports. She also hopes to do more with its video broadband and its mobile businesses, tapping into its significant base of users. Media Beat Media Beat talked to Mayer last year, and she explained why she accepted Google’s offer: “I would learn more there failing than I would other places succeeding, and that’s what really drew me to the role.”
Reporter Gains Accidental Access to Mitt Romney’s Storify Account (The Daily Dot)
Journalist Andy Stettler says he’s not a hacker. When he gained clandestine access to the Storify account of Mitt Romney on Saturday, it was all just an accident. He promises.
Mark Zuckerberg’s Loan Gives New Meaning to the 1 Percent (Bloomberg)
Billionaire Mark Zuckerberg is giving new meaning to the term “the 1 percent.” The Facebook co-founder and CEO refinanced a $5.95 million mortgage on his Palo Alto, Calif., home with a 30-year adjustable-rate loan starting at 1.05 percent, according to public records for the property.
There’s a New Twitter for BlackBerry, but Does it Matter? (Mashable)
Parent company Research In Motion may be hemorrhaging cash and fighting rumors of impending doom, but BlackBerry’s remaining users can still enjoy a new version of Twitter on their smartphones. With a new details view and the ability to undo a retweet by simply tapping the retweet button again, BlackBerry users on Twitter can now enjoy features that other mobile tweeters have had for some time.
‘Rare’ Skype Bug Sends IMs to Third-Party Contacts (PC Magazine)
Skype acknowledged Monday a bug that is mistakenly sending contacts’ instant messages to unknown third parties. “We are aware in rare circumstances IMs between two contacts could be sent to an unintended third contact,” Skype said in a blog post. “We are rolling out a fix for this issue in the next few days and will notify our users to download an updated version of Skype. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
Instagram for Android Updated With Nexus 7 Support (The Verge)
The Android version of Instagram has received a minor update, with the biggest change being added support for Google’s new tablet, the Nexus 7. Of course, given that the Nexus 7 only features a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera, it might not be the best tool for snapping pics of your latest meal, but it’ll do in a pinch — especially considering the tablet didn’t actually ship with a camera app.
Democrats Launch Third Annual New Media Challenge On Twitter (AllTwitter)
House Republicans did it in April and now it appears to be the Democrats’ turn: Competing for followers on Twitter. Last year’s MVP was California Rep. Maxine Waters.
New Microsoft Office Ropes in Skype, Yammer, SkyDrive (GigaOM)
As Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and company showed off the latest version of Office Monday, they hit all the right marks — a touch interface, cloud storage, VoIP integration and social networking tie-ins. A lot of what was detailed was integration of the new Office with existing (and some more recently acquired) Microsoft products, including Skype for VoIP communication and Yammer for social networking.